After careful consideration lasting several months and multiple "retired in restricted mode" phases, I have decided that I no longer wish to actively contribute to the Stack Exchange sites.
I will forever remain grateful for everything that all of you have taught me.
I enjoyed being a part of this community and made a few good friends here.
I also enjoyed helping people here, not only by posting answers but also by editing their questions to get better answers.
However, as in a real life workplace, no matter how much you love your team and your work, if you do not agree with the employer, you should quit as early as possible.
I find myself increasingly out of alignment with the direction Stack Overflow is taking. While Stack Overflow is not my "employer", I decided to apply the same principle and part ways with them.
I will occasionally drop by and contribute where appropriate.
Those who wish to stay in touch can send me an email. I won't post my email address here, but it shouldn't be too hard to find it in the chat room.
An in-character line (Naruto manga, Chapter 607) fits perfectly here:
Minato-sensei ... this place ... this world ... I don't care about it anymore.